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Half Moon Bay State Beach

Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay, CA
916 653 6995
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Surfing
Description: Broad and sandy beach stretching more than four miles features campground facilities and trails for hikers and horseback riders.
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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Near San Francisco and Silicon Valley, Half Moon Bay is the easiest major Pacific Ocean beach to get to and the most accessible for people looking to stroll along the waters, picnic on the bluffs, or just sit near the cliffs and listen to the waves. This is not a good swimming area - the water is too cold and... More

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Olympia, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Spent a whole day here just watching the kids run wild and relaxing. Parking lot and bathrooms are close by (no hiking required), and the town is just a 5 minute drive to anything you need. Parking was $10. Lifeguard towers but no lifeguard on duty for our visit.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We pulled into this campground, desperately needing a place to crash after 24 straight hours of travel. Had we not been so exhausted, I think we would have pulled right out. Fifty campsites squished into the space of a grocery store parking lot really isn't our scene. There are few trees or other natural dividers to create any semblance of... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It has good ambience ... Full of crowd ... We enjoyed with kids and friends. Even in summer the whether was good. Good place for camping where you can get help from others too.

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Muskegon, Michigan
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a great beach. Pull over for a days worth of fun. Evene when the fog rolled in the kids continued to enjoy the beach.

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Fremont, California
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725 reviews 725 reviews
363 attraction reviews
689 helpful votes 689 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Half Moon Bay State Park is a wonderful place for a beach walk, picnics and just taking in the breathtaking ocean views. There is also a very nice campground in Half Moon Bay. Being so close to San Francisco (less than an hour away) is nice if you are camping and want to use Half Moon Bay Campground as a... More

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
51 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was a great place to stop off the main road. It was sunset and there really wasn't anyone there, had some nice views along the coastline away from the city

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Alton, IL
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83 reviews 83 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

What a delight to find this gem in the strip mall just off CA-1! The booksellers are actually readers, with opinions and great suggestions. They are there to help but also respect your need to wander among the tomes to find just the right book for you. There is something for everyone to read: new releases; hard cover and paperback;... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Beach was nice was $10 to park your car is outrageous. I would recommend going to find a free beach anywhere along the beach that is just as nice. It's no wonder CA is broke, who wants to visit a state park that cost $10 just to walk along the beach. Find free beach

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Littleton, CO
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

My fondness for Half Moon Bay may be connected to the fact that my family frequently visited when I was a child. Though the surroundings have changed a lot since then due to population and development, the beach is still a pretty spot, worth an afternoon.

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